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SummonedIdentification and Religious Life in a Jewish Neighborhood$
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Iddo Tavory

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226321868

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226322193.001.0001

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Edicts and Interaction in Synagogue Life

Edicts and Interaction in Synagogue Life

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(p.60) Four Edicts and Interaction in Synagogue Life
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Summoned
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Iddo Tavory

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226322193.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the synagogue as a site of summoning. I trace different aspects of “Synagogue Life”—how it sets up Sabbath meals and friendships, the ways in which the micro-interactional structures of liturgy foster interaction, how the synagogue constructs and partakes in social dramas, and how people become personally necessary for public ritual. By tracing these different processes, I show the value of thinking about religious life through an interactional lens. Organizations give rise to multiple mechanisms that draw members into relationships and interaction, and thus a deeper sense of membership in the organization.

Keywords:   synagogue, liturgy, ritual, interaction, the gift, purity and danger

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